Saturday, January 12, 2013
OYO STATE BANS STREET BEGGING
The Oyo State government, on Friday, said street begging would no longer be tolerated in the state. The state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, said this in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Special Adviser on People Living With Disabilities, Mr Paul Adelabu, at the maiden Ajumose New Year party held for the physically challenged in Ibadan. According to him, the state government had concluded arrangements to remove destitutes from all streets in Ibadan, with the plan of empowering them to enable them contribute to the evelopment of the society. He said various skill acquisition programmes had been put in place to train them after which the government would provide them with money and equipment to take off. The governor, who explained that beggars along the streets in the metropolis were not from the state, said they would all be removed from the streets within the next two weeks and be sent to their different states. He warned that anyone found begging on the streets thereafter would be detained in the rehabilitation homes. “The physically challenged could still function well in the society because the government had put everything in place to make them live a better life,” he said.